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Meet Eric Del Buono of BoomDino in Quincy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric Del Buono.

Eric, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My story actually started in Massachusetts. I graduated from Suffolk and I was looking for something different, a little adventure. I moved down to Austin Texas for almost 4 years. It’s incredible down there, it really was the start of my journey and I still feel like I’m getting started.

That being said, it was tough. I had a slow start and I was doing some real soul searching down there. I wasn’t sure exactly where my career was going and the anxiety of a clueless 22-year-old was in full effect. I worked as a bartender at an awful Mexican restaurant, a tax accountant, did cable pulling at the University of Texas, sold random products at trade shows and then I finally landed on software sales in the booming tech world. This was all in the course of a couple years!

I remember hearing the story of the CEO of that company. He started his business in a back bedroom making cold calls and ended up selling the business for an undisclosed amount during my tenure (rumored somewhere in the $100-$200M range). I thought that was the coolest thing I’ve ever heard. Not the money, but the idea of working for myself with the potential to make a lot of money and built the culture that I wanted.

I got my sales experience there and decided to head back up north to Boston. I dug into the startup space and dipped my toes in. I spoke with a lot of people and started networking and landed on the digital marketing agency. It wasn’t the most lucrative, and there were red flags, but something told me to go for it. It ended up being the perfect experience. A small shop that gave me the idea of “hey, I can do this myself,” and BoomDino was born from that.

We’re now a year in. I actually had a partner at the very early stages and he was huge to have around to push the business to the next level. Having someone to work with is such a great resource but he decided to pursue sales directing gig at a Harvard startup. We still talk all the time.

Has it been a smooth road?
The personal growth stage for me in Texas really built me for business.

It’s fair to say the world is full of young 20-year-olds who are clueless on what to do with their lives, and I was no exception. Anxiety surely got the best of me down there and being so far from home with limited resources around me made it tough.

I forgot where I read a quote but it was along the lines of “if you don’t know who you are, start tasting everything.” So I did that. I tried acting, hopped on a few sets of music videos and short films, tried writing music, had 5 completely different jobs in the span of three years. Every experience really had a great takeaway. I might be the worlds worst actor, and everyone on set knew it, but I figured out I had somewhat of a presence in front of the camera that could translate into business. It’s something I’m honing in on now as well.

BoomDino itself has been tough from the get-go. The hardest part about it all is working at night after you’ve worked a full day. There’s really no one to push you to do that tedious, mind-numbing work that just needs to get done. There were days I wish I had a drill sergeant yelling at me to go faster.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the BoomDino story. Tell us more about the business.
BoomDino is everything sales and marketing. As of right now, I am focusing on building in the home remodeling space as well as fitness. Small businesses have a need for basic building blocks in marketing and sales so we offer a number of resources. We start off with some of the basics like web design, social media, and ad management. We’re most proud of our creative content and our video production. It’s what sets us apart.

I’ve also branched off to found a startup called FlexCallers. It’s in its infancy but we’re building a product that allows a flexible work schedule for callers that will be helping feed the top end of the sales funnel for organizations.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The funniest part about technology is that it’s really just getting started. Facebook started really hitting its stride in 2010, so it’s not even a decade old. Websites are getting easier to make, SEO is becoming more “natural” but the thing that the world will always need is creativity, especially in sales and marketing. That’s why we’re trying to really focus in on that aspect because we’ll never be able to keep up with Google or Facebook. What we’ll have is a very personal business that companies can trust with creativity that works.

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